SOLD FOR: $1,200
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: Old Model Blackhawk
Serial Number: 1058
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Single Action Revolver with Side Loading-Gate Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. / Southport, Conn. U.S.A.” The left side of the frame is marked “Ruger Blackhawk / .30 Carbine Cal.”, followed by the Ruger logo. The right side of the receiver is marked “1501”. The cylinder is marked “S” on its front face and hand scribed “058”.
Barrel Length: 7 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade mounted to an elevated base. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth walnut with black on silver Ruger medallions. There are the faintest handling marks on the grips. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are some faint marks on the underside of the barrel from removing the cylinder. The cylinder itself shows the lightest dragline. It is apparent that this revolver was fired/cycled very little. The screw heads are Sharp. The markings are Clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This old model Blackhawk is in original factory condition without the transfer bar. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in an original Black and Orange Ruger Box. The side reads “BLACKHAWK / .30 CARBINE CAL. REVOLVER / CATALOG NO. BKH31 7 ½” BBL. / STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. / SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.” The side the box has the serial number written in white grease pen. The box is in Fine condition. Inside the box are the original Instructions and parts list for Ruger Blackhawk Revolvers and an NRA promotional card.
Our Assessment: This is a fantastic looking revolver for one that is 45 years old and doesn’t even look like it has ever been fired. It has a mint bore and a great cylinder lockup. With its four click hammer, it sounds and functions like a Colt except the Ruger has more reliable coil springs. So, if you like “period” revolvers, this is as close as you can get with a modern design. This very early first year of production .30 Carbine Blackhawk should be of great interest to the Ruger collector. Also, the adjustable sights make it easy to adjust for different loads without losing accuracy. The .30 Carbine cartridge can push a 105 grain bullet to over 1500 ft/sec out of a revolver. This revolver will be great for hunting small to medium sized game.
SOLD FOR: $1,200